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YP4’14 Cortney Sanders Explains What’s At Stake in Fisher v. UT Austin

On Wednesday, December 9th, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fisher v. UT Austin II, the second iteration of a landmark case on universities’ abilities to employ affirmative action policies…

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Understanding the Most Important Reproductive Rights Case in Decades

Activists protests for reproductive health access in Texas. (Credit: Creative Commons/Flickr)   Earlier this year, Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg told an interviewer that “[w]e will never see a day when…


As the Supreme Court Returns to Session, Young People Should Get Organized

To little fanfare (nay even one Buzzfeed listicle), the Supreme Court returned to session earlier this month on the first Monday of October, per its tradition. On the Court’s docket for…

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Fellows Launch Little Black Book on Courts

In the months after YP4’s Inaugural Courts Matter Training, fellows returned to their communities and strategized ways to incorporate a courts lens into their day-to-day work. As fellows reached out…


Hobby Lobby: One Year Later

By Christina Tudor, 2015 YP4 Fellow The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) recently released a report listing all the ways in which the year old Hobby Lobby decision has opened…


The American Constitution Society Convention: A Reflection

By Christina Tudor, 2015 YP4 Fellow About a week ago I walked twenty five minutes to the closest Forever 21 in pursuit of a professional-looking jacket at a reasonable price….

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Reproductive Justice and the Courts: Reflections on CLPP

By Emma Halling, 2014 YP4 Fellow Early this April, I convened with hundreds of other reproductive-justice-minded individuals upon Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts for the annual Civil Liberties and Public…

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The Courts Have to Matter to LGBTQ Americans

By Erik Lampmann ’11. Cross-posted on the People For and Alliance for Justice blogs. Federal courts routinely hand down judgments that affect everyday Americans at an immediate, painful, and personal…

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Inaugural Courts Matter Training a Success

From January 19-20, YP4 held its inaugural Courts Matter Training. A total of 27 Fellows and alumni convened in Arlington, VA after the 10th annual National Summit to learn more…

Activists Hold Red Signs that Say Equality Now

YP4 Courts Matter Training

Over the next year, over 50 YP4 Fellows and alumni will participate in YP4’s Courts Matter collaborative campaign in order to learn how they can use courts as avenues for progressive change….